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Man charged with kidnapping, statutory rape

Posted August 1, 2008

— A local man has been charged with kidnapping and sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, authorities said Friday.

Andrew Lawson Rogers, 27, of 4727 Slew Drive, was charged with statutory rape, statutory sex offense, second-degree kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a minor. He was being held Friday in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $180,000 bond.

The girl told investigators a man began touching her inappropriately last December, and the abuse escalated to the point where he kidnapped her and forced her to engage in sex acts.

Rogers' brother-in-law, Michael Lewis Strickland, 29, of 6159 Parkton Road in Hope Mills, was charged with obstruction of justice in the case. Authorities said he threatened the girl's family, including saying he planned to run over her younger sister.


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  • livinlife Aug 1, 2008

    I think that anybody who would do this is very sick in the head. That makes you wonder about his own children. He should get the full extent of the law, I am a friend of the family of the victim and our prayers are with them. I am sure that "Bubba" is waiting for him in jail.

  • ninamc65 Aug 1, 2008

    Or in his case, smirking! Good one, JustAGirl.

  • kitcat718 is a college student Aug 1, 2008

    Sicko! PikeMom~~Whether or not the 13 yr old is lying...he is the adult and should have said NO even if she didnt.

  • B1H Aug 1, 2008

    jameygfisher-I'm so very sorry. No words to describe how awful this is. I can't imagine having to even go through something like this. His picture also makes me sick to look at it. His smirk is just his insecurities. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this terrible time.

  • virgogirl Aug 1, 2008

    I just pray that justice continues to be served with this case. It is amazing how people can take advantage of children and change their lives forever and still smile like it's a joke. Yes, 13 year olds are not capable of making adult decisions and are easily manipulated especially by people they already know and trust. I feel sorry for his family.


  • Mr. Keeping It Real Aug 1, 2008

    That smirk won't be on his face when he wins an all expense paid trip to the slammer! Then he'll find out what it's like to be forced to do something against your will.

  • clover1019 Aug 1, 2008

    castration candidate

  • PikeMom4real Aug 1, 2008

    Last December???? Wanna wager if the sweet,precious,innocent 13 year old is LYING?

  • garnertoy Aug 1, 2008

    he will get his in prison praying for the family

  • Justice for her Aug 1, 2008

    I'm so glad the wait is over. We are overwhelmed and happy with the Justice that was served. I am a family member of the victum, and hope all that reads the article is aware that the person you trust the most are usually this offenders.I hope you all can pray for our family and we will do all that we can as mothers,fathers and a community to keep these offenders off our streets and out of our lives... God bless all of you for any support prayers or comments..